In The New YearIt's a new year, so I'm ready for a bit of give and take. I want your awesome, but also to say some inspiring words.
If there's any advice I wish I could give to my younger self, it's this: People will hate what you have to say artistically. No matter what, somewhere, someone is going to hate what you do. You will meet people who will sneer at you, tell you you're crazy and stupid and untalented and wasting your time. You'll be ridiculed for trying, made fun of when you schedule time for your projects instead of hanging with friends or watching reality TV, and condemned when you actually finish something. People will claim offense, that worst of things, especially if anything you have to say involves race, gender, sexuality, politics, economics, religion, spirituality, culture, history, or a commentary on any of the above.
You'll be told that the worst thing you can do is offend someone. That you shouldn't speak up or make a bold statement because you <i wytiwyg="1">